Are Migraine Surgeries Worth It?

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Key Questions
  • What type of surgeries are available for people with migraine?
  • What are the Reed and Omega procedures?
  • Is there good evidence for surgeries for migraine?
  • What are some of the side effects or risks for migraine surgery?
  • Are there any life-long restrictions following migraine surgery?
  • How difficult is it to reverse surgery or remove any implanted devices?
  • Migraine surgery-based organizations make a lot of claims. What should we be wary about?
  • Is there an ideal candidate that you would recommend for surgery?
  • Is there a general point at which an implanted device typically stops working?
  • What is Chiari malformation surgery?
Interview Notes
William Young

William B. Young, MD

Neurologist and Headache Specialist
Jefferson Headache Center

Dr. William Young is a world-renowned pioneer in the field of migraine. He serves as the director of the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia. He instructs neurologists on headache medicine and regularly publishes research on the topic. He is board-certified in neurology, psychiatry, and headache medicine. Dr. Young is a passionate advocate on eradicating the stigma of migraine. He fights on Capitol Hill for greater funding and research on migraine. In addition to his roles at the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology, he is also president of the Alliance for Headache Disorders.

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